Monday, May 12, 2014

Attorney For Man Accused of Shooting Exchange Student: 'Teens Had Been Garage Hopping'

Posted By on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 9:05 AM

An attorney for a Montana man, facing a charge of deliberate homicide for the death of a German exchange student, says the victim, along with another teen, were "garage hopping," leading the accused to shoot the student.

Upon arriving in the United States to arrange the transport of his son's body, the father of the teenager blasted the accused and America's gun culture, saying the nation "cannot continue to play cowboy."

Diren Dede was killed April 27, when a Missoula homeowner fired four shotgun blasts into his garage, killing the teen. Detectives said Markus Kaarma shot the teen without any warning.

But the Missoulian reports Kaarma's attorney argues that his client had been burglarized twice prior to the night of the fatal shooting "and they felt uneasy, especially with his 10-month-old son in the home."

Police said Kaarma fired four shots from his shotgun into the darkness of his garage, while his wife called 9-1-1.

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